Unknown photographer, albumen photo, Michael Patris Collection

Leona Phelps at the Falls

Miss Leona Phelps visits one of nine waterfalls in Rubio Canyon, just upstream from Rubio Pavilion, circa 1905.

The falls were quite a tourist attraction, but Thaddeus Lowe initially thought there was enough water to generate electricity to run the incline. During the winter and spring months, circa 1900, our annual rainfall was nearly 24″. Lowe quickly found out the summers were quite dry and not enough water flow could sustain the generation of electricity. Shortly thereafter a gasoline engine was brought in to help generate electricity which was then stored in batteries.

Unknown photographer, albumen photo, Michael Patris Collection

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